Stunning images taken of Gatwick Airport by New York Photographer Jeffery Milstein capture the airport in full motion. The photo’s, taken on Wednesday afternoon- come as Gatwick records its busiest month EVER- seeing over 4.6 MILLION passengers take off to over 200 destinations in 90 countries worldwide.
Most passengers see very little of Gatwick and the expanse of the world’s busiest single runway airport- whilst transiting through it. These raw images show us Gatwick as most of us have never seen it; from directly above.
A view of Gatwick’s ‘Satellite’- Showing long and short haul carriers, including Thomas Cook, Norwegian and Easyjet.
The Control Tower, taxiways and North Terminal sky bridge can be seen in this photograph, as well as Gatwick’s fleet of Scandanavian snowplowing vehicles- poised and ready to keep the runway open throughout the winter!
Easyjet is on the move- taxiing past the control tower on its way to one of the airlines countless holiday destinations.
The Full line up! Here are just some of the 45 airlines that operate in and out of Gatwick- the eye catcher in the bottom left hand corner is one of Norwegian Airlines Newest Boeing 787-900 series Dreamliner’s, taking passengers across the Atlantic to destinations such as New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The airline is currently Gatwick’s third largest carrier, with the airport serving as its largest base.
Gatwick’s runway is is 3,316 metres long, but only 45 metres wide! Here we can see the striking Emirate’s A380, parked on stand 110, the only gate it can fit on! The A380 can hold an incredible 3000 suitcases and upto 525 passengers- excluding the 26 cabin crew and 4 flight deck!
The first commercial flight from Gatwick departed the airport for Paris on the 17th of May, 1936. A single ticket, including the train ride from Victoria Station, cost only £4 and 5 shillings. To compare, that same cost today would be £160.22.
The brand new pier 1 can be seen in the bottom left hand corner of this stunning shot, which also shows Canada based newcomer Westjet getting ready to take off. This will add to the swelling number of flights departing and arriving at Gatwick each year- currently standing at a staggering 250,000 combined.
Here we see both Gatwick’s North and South Terminal operations, offering a rare and unobstructed view of the airport.
Gatwick and businesses within the airport employ roughly 21,000 people. Of this number, only 2,500 work for Gatwick Airport itself. Gatwick estimates that businesses dependent on the airport employ another 10,000 people. The airport’s operation contributes approximately £2 billion to London and the surrounding economy.
Photographer Jeffery Milstein hung out of a circling helicopter in order to capture the incredible views.
The name Gatwick was first recorded in 1241 as “Gatwik” and was a manor in the village of Charlwood in Surrey that sat where the northern edge of the North Terminal taxiing area is today. “Gatwik” is comprised of the Old English words “Gat” (or “goat”) and “wik” (“farm”), so the name means, essentially, “goat farm”.
Canadian based Westjet, and Air Canada Rouge are the latest Airlines to light up on Gatwick’s departure screens. Hong Kong based Cathay Pacific will soon take over the position of newbie when it starts operating from the North terminal this Autumn. Its maiden flight is scheduled for 2nd September.
September also see’s the start of a direct route to Las Vegas with budget long haul carrier Norwegian Airlines, who last month added their very first UK registered 787 to Gatwick’s home based fleet.
Two Thomson Airlines planes flank newcomer Westjet in this shot of the North terminal.
By Gatwick’s own numbers, the airport sees approximately 38 million passengers pass through it each year heading to over 200 destinations in 90 countries from 45 different airlines. As such, Gatwick flies to more destinations than any other UK airport. Additionally, 20% of the air traffic at Gatwick are charter flights, also making it the largest charter airport in Britain.